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Knomo Harpsden 4

If you haven’t come across Knomo before they are an interesting company when it comes to their work/life balance, the founder created the brand knowing he wanted to free people from the cubical prison and 9-5 work pattern, allowing the team to decide where, when and how they work.

The range of bags they produce follows this style by being suitable for all environments be it the office, commute, daytrip, travelling, holiday or picnic. The Harpsden comes in two designs Grey or Black, we received the Grey, it has an attractive asymmetrical design with black hardware and a discrete Knomo logo at the bottom. It measures up at H46 x W33 x D14 cm, it has a 20.3L capacity with an interior device compartment of H34 x W24 x D2.5 cm, that makes it suitable for up to a 14” laptop or tablet. The Thermoplastic Polyurethane produces an extremely light weight at just 900g, it also flattens down into a thin compact piece ideal for storage or tucking into luggage ready to be deployed on arrival.

There is an 8cm grab handle at the top of the bag, the adjustable shoulder straps have perforated lining for ventilation, they have some light padding and an adjustable chest strap for better stability in busy areas or whilst cycling for example. The s-shaped straps have reflective detailing for better forward-facing visibility but there aren’t any on the main body of the pack. The ergonomical back panel has padding either side of the spine and across the lower back and tail bone, in between there are ventilation channels to help deliver air flow but things can still get a bit warm and sweaty back there on warmer days. The outer body as well as the zips are fully water resistant, protecting your gear from rain, snow, dust and other debris, the classic dome shape and slightly angled zip make it easy to access your belongings. The internal organisation compartment offers two padded slip pockets, a key ring, two card pockets and two pen loops, the external pocket can be used for quick access to snacks, hat and gloves for example. There is a beauty in the simplicity of the Harpsden, it is comfortable, fuss free and protective, a bag you will find yourself grabbing time and time again, whatever the mission. RRP £129

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The Harpsden has a simple style with a thoughtful construction.
  • Water resistant
  • Padded 14” laptop compartment
  • Thermoplastic waterproof welded construction
  • Padded back
  • S-shaped straps and chest strap
  • Easy access
  • Organised interior
  • Light weight and flexible
  • Only two colours available
  • No reflective detailing on main body